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Dominic Castillo and the Rock Savants: 'Asleep'

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Dominic Castillo and the Rock Savants' new CD is titled The Lost Album hide caption

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The guitar-driven, indie-pop rock of Dominic Castillo and the Rock Savants is reminiscent of Elliot Smith, Elvis Costello and Phantom Planet. The band's new CD is titled The Lost Album.

Guitarist and singer-songwriter, Dominic Castillo hide caption

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Castillo studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston as a jazz musician and at St. Johns College in Sante Fe, where he honed his lyric craft by studying the great works of philosophy, history, literature, and science.

Castillo says the countless hours of study and practice prepared him not for jazz clubs or writing the next great American novel, but for writing songs, playing shows and recording with the Savants. "(I) was influenced by jazz and the books, the punk rock of my youth and Mom’s soul music; all these apparently disparate elements seem to come together when I’m writing and recording,” Castillo says.

The Rock Savants are: Nate Szytel on guitar and Chris Broesamle on bass.